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Bad bugs, bad bugs – whatcha gonna do?

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3D computer-generated image of a group of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter spp. Courtesy: CDC/ James Archer

The World Health Organization (WHO) today published a list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed.

The bacteria are ranked using priority ratings of “critical,” “high” and “medium.”

Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii tops the critical list, followed by carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and carbapenem-resistant ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae. Continue reading →

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CDC calls 2014 an ‘unprecedented’ year

Credit: Gstudio Group

Credit: Gstudio Group

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called 2014 an “unprecedented” year as the agency continues its response — “the largest global effort in the agency’s history” — to the Ebola epidemic.

However, in its year-end review, CDC noted nine other “mission critical” areas it addressed this year — most of which, not surprisingly, are important in Canada as well and will represent ongoing priorities. Continue reading →

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